Our region and purpose
WineGB South East’s main aim is to benefit its members; principally the wine producers in the counties of Kent, Surrey, Sussex and London South. The region’s warm, dry and sunny climate provides good conditions for high-quality cool-climate grape growing. Our area has the largest proportion of vineyards and wineries in the UK.
- Share local knowledge of viticulture, wine making and business information through forums and social events
- Promote regional wines through wine tourism
- Facilitate funding for development and marketing initiatives
Become a member of WineGB South East and WineGB and benefit from our huge network throughout the wine industry, regional forums for commercial managers, training and development programmes, WineGB’s voice in Government and much more.
Whilst the majority of our members are commercial vineyards and producers of English Wine, along with wineries and winemakers producing either their own label wines or wines for others under contract, membership of WineGB South East is open to anyone who has an interest in wine produced in the South East of England.
How to join, relationship with WineGB and subscriptions
To join WineGB South East, you must join our parent organisation, WineGB, the national body for the UK wine industry. Membership subscriptions are handled by WineGB centrally for both organisations. Regional subscriptions are additional to those for WineGB (albeit much lower) and are decided by the Committee members of WineGB South East.
Subscriptions are payable to WineGB on an annual basis with renewals starting on the 1st of January each year. For members who commence part way through the year, fees for WineGB South East and WineGB are calculated and paid on a pro-rata basis.
To find out how to join WineGB (and WineGB South East) click here…
We work in partnership with Plumpton College, which houses the UK’s wine education centre. With 10 hectares of vineyards producing 40,000 bottles of award-winning still and sparkling wines each year, Plumpton’s Wine Centre includes a commercial winery, research winery, laboratories and a sensory evaluation room for you to experience. With a team of international expert lecturers, you’ll gain an excellent all-round experience studying at Plumpton.
Find out more about studying wine at Plumpton here >>
We also work in partnership with Sustainable WineGB, offering members the chance to apply for certification and learn more about sustainable wine production. Find out more here >>